The health of Chicago Bulls point guard and former NBA MVP Derrick Rose has been a much-discussed topic in Chicago as it related to whether or not Rose will be healthy enough to return to the Bulls as he battles knee injuries each of the past two seasons.
Now the health of the youngest MVP in league history is having an effect on Team USA and whether or not the Bulls will allow him to play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup and head coach Mike Krzyzewski says they’ll let the teams guidelines.
“We get information from all the clubs and we know that the most important thing for these guys is their health and what they’re doing with their parent teams,” Krzyzewski said Thursday. “And so our communication with the Bulls, or any organization, is straightforward and we’ll follow their guidelines.”
Would the Bulls allow their prized asset play in this FIBA World Cup after missing the rest of the season and risk him having a setback in his recovery and risk him missing more games for the team paying him?
Derrick has stated his desire to play in the international competition and Bulls general manager tells Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago that the team would be ‘supportive’ and it would be a ‘terrific opportunity’ for him.
“We’d never try to put him in harm’s way for his career, Krsyzewski said. But if he’s ready, we’d welcome Derrick. Derrick’s one of the great guys, in addition to being an outstanding player. He’s a great team guy. And that’s why we want him part of USA Basketball.”